TACLOBAN CITY – LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez said yesterday his wife, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, will be the unifying and credible voice of four million Eastern Visayas residents as first nominee of the Tingog Sinirangan party-list group.
“This is the reason why Tingog Sinirangan party-list came into existence. To be the unifying voice of the four million voice from Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar,” said Martin Romualdez in his speech during the Lakas-CMD, Tingog Sinirangan party-list group and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s signing of the historic alliance agreement for the May 2019 midterm election.
“Tingog Sinirangan is back because after getting back on our feet following Yolanda’s devastation, we are inspired by the challenge to make a much better Eastern Visayas. These in the words of my wife Yedda who will bid adieu from her congressional works for Leyte First District to make way for a higher purpose which is to serve the entire people of Eastern Visayas through Tingog Siniragan party-list as its first nominee,” Martin Romuladez told the crowd attended by Carpio-Duterte.
“I will remain forever grateful to the Leytenos in the first district for being faithful to my beautiful and intelligent wife Yedda when they joined hands and brought her into office as Leyte First District Congresswoman. I am proud to say that Yedda is one of the hardworking legislators in the 17th Congress,” said Martin Romualdez.
In the pursuit of bringing more “malasakit” (compassionate) reforms to Eastern Visayas, Yedda Romualdez recognized Duterte-Carpio’s help following the signing of the alliance agreement at the jampacked Tacloban City Convention Center or the Tacloban Astrodome.
“In this crusade, we are not alone. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with partners such as Hugpong ng Pagbabago who share our cause. We stand confident knowing we have a President who himself championed the cause of regional governance. Today, on behalf of all the nominees we make that commitment to be your voice. But that voice will only matter if all of us allow ourselves to be counted, and be heard. Stand with us, and together let us be heard!” said Yedda Romualdez, who received a bouquet of flowers from Martin Romualdez after her speech.
The other nominees of Tingog Sinirangan are Jude A. Acidre, Jamie J. Go, Alexis V. Yu, and Jennifer C. Padual.
Acidre credited the sterling leadership of the late Leyte Gov. Benjamin “Kokoy” Romualdez for the rise of Tingog Sinirangan.
“I would like to honor the late Governor Benjamin ‘Kokoy’ Romualdez. He was an excellent public servant -- but more than that, he was a visionary, who despite the poverty that for so long afflicted our region – saw its immense potential for greatness. His vision for greatness is what spurs Tingog on this shared aspiration to be the voice for the people of the islands of Leyte, Samar and Biliran.
“The foundations of this vision of leadership that we celebrate today have long been built. In our region, the achievements as well as aspirations of Kokoy Romualdez challenge us to find once more in ourselves our capacity for greatness. In our time, the leadership, sincerity and passion for service of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives us so much hope in the future, that the change that we aspire for ourselves and our families is already at hand.
“Finally, it is a deep honor for me to stand before all of you – leaders of both our regions, and of our nation – as we embark on a common journey towards a better tomorrow for this country that we all love,” Acidere added.